The project “Time to be welcome” is a collaborative partnership between WOSM – Bureau Européen du Scoutisme, Soma Hellinon Proskopon (Scouts of Greece), Scouting Ireland, British Red Cross Royal Charter, EFIL (European Federation for Intercultural Learning), YEU (Youth for Exchange and Understanding) international, The Icelandic Scout Association – Skatamot efh, Scout association of Macedonia,SINGA France and Eclaireurs et Eclaireuses Unionistes de France.
The project started in December 2016 and will last 24 months until November 2018.
It will involve volunteers from several different countries, volunteering for various durations of time (2 months, 6 months or 12 months).
“Time to be Welcome” aims at encouraging young volunteers and youth organisations in Europe to support the welcoming of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees and their integration process in both society and their new country through the use of non-formal education and youth work, while encouraging Public opinion in Europe to be more respectful and more open towards migrants.
Volunteers are empowered to take action in contributing to welcome refugees and newly arrived migrants into refugee camps and other hosting structures and local communities. They also facilitate the interaction between refugees and the local community members to set a strong foundation for their future cooperation and mutual understanding.